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Cody Worthington tossed a two-hit shutout as Rogue River rolled to an 8-0 victory over St. Mary's in Southern Cascade Hybrid baseball at Meese Field Tuesday.
The Chieftain senior pitcher struck out four and didn't walk a batter but hit two.
"(Worthington) kept the ball in the zone," said St. Mary's coach Bud Rostel. "We just hit the ball right at people all day long. It was just one of those games."
Rogue River (6-12, 4-6 SCH) broke open a scoreless game with four runs in the third inning. In the frame, the Chieftains received RBI singles from Michael Freitas, Worthington and Garrett Carpenter and a run-scoring squeeze bunt by Aaron Longtain.
Dylan Gomez's two-run double highlighted a three-run outburst in the fifth.
Freshman Matt Johnson's first hit of the season — a one-out single in the third — was the Crusaders' first hit off Worthington. Danny Leavens opened the fifth with a double for the other St. Mary's hit.
Gomez went 3-for-3 with two RBIs to pace the Chieftains' attack. Freitas and Carpenter each added two hits and one RBI.
"We're a young team," said Rostel. "It's a growing experience. We just have to learn how to battle through adversity."
The Crusaders (5-12, 2-8) complete the season with a home doubleheader Friday against Cascade Christian.
Rogue River 004 031 0 — 8 12 3
St. Mary's 000 000 0 — 0 2 0
Worthington and Stinchcomb; Hammonds, Wall (7) and Seus. W — Worthington. L — Hammonds. 2B — RR: Freitas, Gomez; SM: Leavens.
ILLINOIS VALLEY 13, LAKEVIEW 3, 5 inn. — At Cave Junction, Illinois Valley registered its 11th win in the last 12 games to complete the Southern Cascade Hybrid season.
The Cougars improved to 15-6 overall and 10-2 in the SCH, while Lakeview lost its 11th straight game and fell to 2-17 overall and 1-9 in league play.
SHELDON 8, NORTH MEDFORD 7 — At Eugene, Sean Bellotti's two-run single completed a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh for Sheldon in the nonconference game.
North Medford (17-8) erased a 4-1 deficit with four runs in the fifth inning. Bryan Carbonell's two-run double highlighted the outburst.
After Sheldon (17-10) tied the game with one run in the sixth, the Black Tornado took the lead with two runs in the top of the seventh. Taylor Raff opened with a single, Carbonell singled and Hayden Evans smacked a two-run triple to give North a 7-5 lead.
For North Medford, Evans collected two hits and three RBIs, Carbonell provided two hits, two runs scored and two RBIs and Raff added two hits and scored three runs.
North Medford will host a state playoff game on Monday against an opponent yet to be determined.
North Medford 100 040 2 — 7 10 1
Sheldon 310 001 3 — 8 7 0
H. Evans, Pearson (4), Carbonell (6) and Zavala; Ralston, Alie (6), Tokatly (7) and McDaniels. W — Tokatly. L. — Carbonell (8-2). 2B — NM: Carbonell, Westfall; S: Ralston. 3B — NM: H. Evans. HR — S: Stiles, Land.
CRATER 12, SOUTH UMPQUA 7 — At Central Point, Corey Wynant went 2-for-3 with three runs and a two-run home run in the first inning to lead Crater to the nonleague victory in a tuneup for Monday's state playoff opener.
Evan Erskine was 2-for-3 with two runs, Ty Fox 2-for-3 with one run and one RBI and Tyler Aplin 2-for-4 for the Comets (17-9), who also got a solo home run from RJ Morgan in the second inning.
South Umpqua 000 420 1 — 7 8 2
Crater 310 206 x — 12 15 2
Blansett, Doud (4), McKenna (6) and Garrett; Preston, Pardee (3), Fox (5), Fahndrich (7) and Aplin. W — Fox (3-1). L — Doud. 2B — SU: Pringle, Reese; C: Fahndrich, Fox 2. HR — C: Morgan (1), Wynant (7).
GRANTS PASS 4, MCMINNVILLE 3 — At McMinnville, Grants Pass sustained its lead after posting three runs in the top of the first inning in the Class 6A state play-in game.
McMinnville (7-20) threatened by scoring a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Cavemen (11-15) held on to win. Grants Pass will open the state playoffs on Monday.
Grants Pass 300 100 0 — 4 6 2
McMinnville 100 010 1 — 3 4 4
Bennett, Polder (7), Robinson (7) and Leenknecht; Gubrud, Radke (6), Brosius (7) and Adams. W — Bennett. L — Gubrud. 2B — GP: Spinner. 3B — M: Payne.